Imagine getting out of bed every morning, planting your feet on the floor, standing up, and immediately regretting your decision to start the day. Why? – Because your foot is on fire. The pain of plantar fasciitis begins in your heel and travels into your arch. You can barely stand without crying, let alone walk.
But family, chores, and work beckon, so you take a few halting steps. It feels like the flames retreat somewhat. As the day progresses, the pain gets more tolerable. You go to work, run errands, and maybe even go to the gym. All is well until you get back home and finally stop moving around. At that moment, your heel just about calls 911 by itself. The next morning, the cycle repeats itself: so much pain; the pain eases up; the pain returns with a vengeance. Welcome to the plantar fasciitis rollercoaster.
Why the ups and downs?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation and/or tearing of the plantar fascia, the thick ligament that attaches your heel to your toes. It’s the tissue that forms your arch and acts as a shock absorber when you walk or run. When you’re still, the injured fascia tightens up – and that hurts. When you move around, it has a chance to stretch out – and the pain eases up.
Plantar fasciitis treatment
The best way to get off the heel pain rollercoaster is to treat the underlying inflammation of the plantar fascia from many angles. Simply staying off your feet probably won’t do it. Some effective treatments that Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland recommends include:
- icing to reduce the swelling
- stretching exercises
- a night brace to release tension
- custom orthotics to relieve pressure
- steroid injections
Plantar fasciitis affects scores of people from our patient area of Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties – including runners, nurses, waiters, people with obesity, and people over age 40. If you’ve got debilitating heel pain, knock it out of the park with help from our expert podiatrists, Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann. Contact us online or call our office in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041.